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El Blok Hotel

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107 Calle Flamboyan, Esperanza 00718-2128 Puerto Rico
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El Blok is an iconic inn by the sea - a bar and restaurant with rooms - that aims to be a soft landing for the intrepid traveler after a hard day of relaxation. Affordable, simple rooms appointed with touch of luxe, it has a visual style like nowhere else. Colored hidrolico tiles, exposed concrete, native woods, clean, spare, exciting spaces. All this in a building that is gold LEED certified for it's sustainable design. El Blok is part sculpture, part oasis. Impossibly serene far flung beaches, great restaurants and only a few hotels, Vieques is a strange jewel of an island amongst the beauty and understated glamour of the Caribbean. 6 Miles to the east of Puerto Rico, and a short 20 minutes flight from San Juan, Vieques is in Puerto Rico's backyard...And light years from anywhere.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Evening entertainment
Car hire
Adults only
Street parking
Pool / beach towels
Rooftop pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Plunge pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Poolside bar
Rooftop bar
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Nightclub / DJ
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
ATM on site
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Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
VIP room facilities
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Complimentary toiletries
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Mountain view
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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English, Spanish
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TR_from_Lee wrote a review Aug 2021
Lee, Massachusetts7 contributions
We visited the last week of July. Staying at El Blok was a recommendation from a family member. The El Blok has a great location in the middle of town, walking distance to several restaurants. The rooms in the El Blok are very comfortable and a clean modern design. The front office staff was very helpful and friendly during check-in and as needed during our stay. My only complaint is the El Blok has poor communication during the pre-visit process. I sent several emails which were never answered. I also called several times with questions about our visit. No one answered the phone or returned a call from my message.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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moyoma66 wrote a review May 2021
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We just returned from a four night stay at El Blok - our first time in Vieques and not our last. The hotel is great. We were upgraded from the standard room to the esquina room and I am so happy about it. The room was fabulous. Clean and cool with lots of room to spread out and a huge balcony overlooking the water. The bed and chairs were super comfortable. It would have been nice to have an electrical plug on either side for cell phone charging, but nbd. The bathroom was super funky and modern and we joked when emerging from the bathroom surrounded by steam that we we just coming to earth from our space craft. The bathroom is stocked with Aesop body products which I had never heard of, but seriously make the whole room smell like a luxury spa. We were surprised to learn that May was the off season, and with that and Covid and the continuously fluctuating Covid restrictions, the hotel seemed nearly empty for much of our stay, but got busy on the weekend right before we left. We seriously had the fabulous rooftop with 365 degree island views and the tiny splash pool to ourself every night. It was amazing. I didn’t expect much from the pool, but soaking in there while soaking in the view was just an incredible experience. The hotel provides complimentary beach chairs, towels, ice and a water cooler for refilling water bottles. All very much appreciated. You’ll want a car, keep or golf cart to get around. Parking is easy and free across the street. The hotel manager, Laine, was lovely. She helped rearrange reservations for us when the hotel restaurant La Placita closed the night we had reserved due to ever changing Covid curfews, etc. She made a reservation for us at El Quenepo and rescheduled us for La Placita later in the week. Both dining experiences were great. Don’t miss them. Laine also made us lovely complimentary double espressos one morning to get our day started before we went out to breakfast. Laine also seemed very protective of her staff and guests and masks were required indoors everywhere in compliance with government restrictions. It in no way impeded our enjoyment of the island or the hotel. I have only one complaint for our whole stay and it would be something that could be easily resolved. There are no coffee machines in the room and no morning coffee station although front desk staff can and will make you a coffee for about $3.50. Also there is currently nowhere in town to get breakfast. You need to drive up to Isabel for breakfast. I’m normally an early riser and a big coffee drinker so this kind of stunk. So if you are a coffee lover, be aware. It would be a huge improvement for the hotel to consider providing simple complimentary coffee service to its guests. I loved watching the horses playing from the balcony in the morning and soaking in the sea breezes. It was truly a wonderful stay. We’ll be back!!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Ciro E wrote a review Apr 2021
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I’m an interior designer from NYC referred by friends of the owner of El Blok to check out his place in Vieques. I am saddened to say that my partner and I have nothing but regret to report about our experience last night. And we hope this message reaches the owner himself, because the issue seems to come from the very top of his administrative personnel. The General Manager Mrs Elaine Elizabeth Gorman (Laine) not only supervises the hotel but the restaurant as well. And perhaps her workload has clouded her mind and capacity to address to the service industry. My partner and I felt uncomfortable by their poor communication right from the beginning when we checked in for our dinner with the restaurant host, Ms Gorman herself. She then set us on a table awkwardly put in front of the kitchen, distracted by a lot of staff traffic and bright lights. Not very desirable for the special occasion we were there to celebrate. On any other night I guess we wouldn’t have minded having that table even if not ideal. But at this time I tried to ask the waiter if we could wait for another table which he responded “No, we assigned you that one and if I can’t serve you there you need to leave” (pause) I sat down to check with my partner and we decided to leave, but at this very moment another table for two became available. I tried to ask the waiter that was cleaning it up if we could take it while my partner sat down again to avoid standing indoors amid covid etiquete. It only took about 15 seconds for the kitchen staff to be pointing at us and for the manager, Mrs Gorman to come in a raised tone of voice interrupting my talk with the waiter and saying we should sit at our table or leave. I apologized and said we were: definitely leaving. We were gladly walking away when I kept hearing her squabbling with my partner in front of all her other guests “Sir, I need you to leave” I turned back to rush him out and wish we have never entered or encountered this woman on that day. I am appalled by Mrs Gorman behavior and I hope she can see and fix the environment she is creating among her staff and reassess her guests relations skills. Otherwise, this is just a clear example of how burned out an employee can be due to lack of ability to fit their own place at work. And this coming from a whole business general manager, I find to be critical.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Mr. Loving wrote a review Dec 2020
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I rented a home on the Island of Vieques for 10 days. I love the Island and the people. My Nephew a Professor at the University of Puerto came to the island to visit me. When he saw how much I loved the island he decided to throw an on location Birthday Party for me. We drove over to El Blok. He chose El Blok because he is an architecture buff and love it's Brutalist Architecture. When we got there we were met with harshest form of Racism. Yes we are Black and Proud of it. We have traveled the world and never experienced such in your face racism. All he wanted was to collect a brochure. We understand the during the pandemic most businesses are closed. But Professionalism is still in order. It hurt my heart to see my nephew traumatized by this experience. We older Black Men and Woman have fought so our young people would not be treated in this fashion. Especially on an island populated mostly by the African Diapora. When I return to the main land I will be approaching The Puerto Rican Office of Tourism. We went directly to the Hacienda Tamarindo where we greeted warmly by a non white native of the island. This where will host our 25 guests for my 60th Birthday. There is no Room for White Supremacy in Puerto Rico. Go back to where you came from.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Laine Gorman, General Manager at El Blok Hotel
Responded Mar 31, 2021
Hi Mr. Loving, We've only now just been made aware that our previous response to this comment didn't appear (or remain up) and so I wanted to try and respond again to clear the air regarding your review. First and foremost, we thank you for sharing your experience with us and I want to apologize for any misunderstandings that may have arisen as a result of your nephew's conversation with our desk agent. Beginning on November 25, (the Friday after Thanksgiving) El Blok was forced to close its doors to the public for a period of two weeks due to a positive case of Covid amongst our staff. (This information is verifiable via our social media pages if you wish to fact check that). The door was locked and closed, and so when the gentlemen attempted entry by repeatedly knocking on the door (I presume, as you stated, your nephew), the agent spoke through the glass door rather than opening it because we could not allow entry to anyone. She tried to explain that we do not have printed materials on site (we are a green property and all of our collateral is available online) but there seemed to be some misunderstandings regarding this. Not allowing your nephew in to our building for a tour, had nothing to do with race. We could not allow anyone in at all by law. We were closed to the public in general. As you may or may not have noticed during your visit to an island with no hospital or medical resources in the height of the pandemic and during a community spread outbreak on Vieques, in particular due to interactions with visitors, tensions were high all around the island during your stay. Our staff were worried for their own health, for the health of their families, and for the livelihood of our coworkers in addition to even the idea that someone from our community would think we were doing business during a mandatory shut down that was well publicized within our business community. So any shortness on the part of the agent was purely due to worry and should have been clarified to you at that time. We do hope you enjoy your birthday celebration in Vieques and know that you will be in good hands with Hacienda Tamarindo. I would love an opportunity to discuss this with you face to face when you're back on island and introduce you to our team of hard working and dedicated staff so that you can get a real feel for what El Blok is all about.
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Cesar V wrote a review Sep 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
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This was my first visit to the island of Vieques and unfortunately it was for work. The company book a reservation on El Blok hotel and it was simply perfect 👌. Kaytee the rooms manager took care of both the car that I needed to rent and the transportation from the airport to the hotel. Thanks Kaytee, hope you read this. On her days off Laine the shot el GM was graceful enough to offer her help in anything needed. Thanks Laine. Food at the hotel was the best on the Island. Do not go anywhere else looking for better tasting and presentation. Chris, one of the cooks was excellent and even gave me some tips on how to cook the best meat and hamburger ever. I tasted most of the menu and could not find anything to my dislike. Jose the bartender and his wife and server Yanira could’nt be more accomodating with me. The best service I have ever receive. Thanks to both of you. The room was extremely clean and beds are magnificent. The location offers a magnificent view of the south coast of the island from the Pool on the top floor of the hotel. The beach is around 50 feet from the hotel. In my next trip to this beautiful island I will definitely book this hotel. Excellent experience.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
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PRICE RANGE
$154 - $314 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
CaribbeanPuerto RicoIsla de ViequesEsperanza
NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Blok Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to El Blok Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Balneario Sun Bay (0.5 miles), Malecon (0.10 miles), and La Nasa (0.09 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Blok Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at El Blok Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at El Blok Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at El Blok Hotel?
Yes, free public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Blok Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Quenepo, Bili, and Bananas.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Blok Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Blok Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to El Blok Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Puerto Ferro Lighthouse (4.5 miles).
Does El Blok Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is El Blok Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.